This presentation will sketch in broad brushstrokes the contours of recent debates around social reproduction, of which care labour is a subset, to examine under which material and historical conditions care practices implicate processes of repression and discipline, as much as opportunities for liberation and self-actualisation.
Care has been defined in different ways, from the labour that goes into tending to those who cannot or are not inclined to look after themselves; to the making and reproducing of social bonds in the everyday and intergenerationally; or as the activities of maintenance and repair of our world so that humans and non-humans can live in it as well as possible. Across the different conceptual lineages, matters of care call into question racialised and gendered subjects, sexed bodies, ableist dispositions, technological objects, as well as class struggles around the conditions of experiencing interdependence.
Departing from the ‘crisis of care’ that characterises capitalist relations not only in the present, but historically, Graziano considers how the question of the just re-organisation of care labour is at the centre of many contemporary international movements and struggles, which are rejecting the main institutions regulating it, such as the state, the market, the church and the family. Her goal is to extend these debates into a conversation with those present, to explore different political imaginaries on how it might be possible to access, receive and give care, or refuse to do so, in more just ways.